Book me as a guest speaker at your next garden club night, rotary club, or Lions club.  I will talk all about raising caterpillars, monarchs and caring for the swan plants once they have been demolished, so they will replenish again for the next batch of caterpillars. I will guide you on how to create that perfect butterfly garden at home or at a school or a local business.

I have been getting more and more requests to speak at garden clubs, I absolutely love speaking to a bunch of passionate gardeners. I look forward to each time buying their cuttings, and seeing the amazing creative flower displays they have made from their own back garden. Each time I get to help judge too which is so cool, it is so exciting!! Please email if you would like to come and speak, as a lot of garden clubs book me for a year in advance for their clubs.

I will share with you heaps of advice for planning ahead for the season and growing from seed, so you always have enough swan plants and raise healthy monarchs.  I will teach you in-depth about the special project I started in 2017 sowing 4000 swan plants with the help from over 100 Christchurch schools which has proven to be very successful as Preschools and schools have not had to buy as many if any swan plants out of their own pocket and have had enough to last them through the peak summer.

More info can be found here about my project  Project Swan Plant 4000

I will teach you how to achieve a great garden and attract Monarch butterflies to your garden, give out handouts and display all my personal photos and educational resources with you. I will leave you inspired and go home having learned so much about the magical life cycle.

In the summer months Im more than happy to come to retirement homes or hospitals and release the butterflies.

For more details and to discuss your venue please contact me:-

Call Maria 0276 452 361


2 thoughts on “Guest Speaker – Book Me

  1. Kia ora Maria,
    I teach at Kidsfirst Kindy Cotswold in Bishopdale. Our tamariki are currently very interested in the whole monarch lifecycle. I wondering about the possibility of you visiting us please? How much would it cost?
    Thanks for your time,
    Nga mihi nui,

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